Week Topic: Socialization; Social Interaction and Structure; Social Groups, Organizations and Social Institutions
In order to complete this week, do the following:
- Read the week’s objectives.
- Read the week’s lecture.
- Complete the reading assignment.
- Post first discussion post in each discussion board by Wednesday 11:59 p.m.
- Post at least two more times in each discussion board by Sunday 11:59 p.m.
- Complete the lecture response by Wednesday 11:59 p.m.
- Complete the week's writing assignment.
If you have questions about what you should do post them to the “Questions to the Instructor” discussion thread or email the instructor directly.
Course Learning Objectives:
After completing this module you should be able to:
Understand the purpose and importance of socialization.
Key Concepts: Define the purpose of socialization
Distinguish between nature and nurture
Identify the primary socialization agents
Describe the stages of socialization throughout life
Relate to the need for social interaction and social structure.
Key Concepts: Distinguish between ascribed and achieved status
Relate to social status and social structure
Differentiate between various types of nonverbal communication
Describe the need and concern for social interaction
Understand the needs of social groups, organizations, and social institutions.
Key Concepts: Define what constitutes a social group
Differentiate between primary groups and secondary groups
Describe the characteristics of formal organizations
Relate the sociological perspectives on social groups and organizations